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CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WORLDWIDE

FAMILIES UNITING        

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The better I understanding Your culture; The Better I'll understand you 

 

 

If you want me to understand your culture; you should first understand mine.

 Anyone believing, in these days and time, that: they are so powerful and fearful that they can speak and the world will bow down has totally lost touch with reality.

 

 

   Where HATRED prevails progress and ingenuity dies.

I cannot hate my countryman, and love who, and what I am.

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 I can't know you, unless I know of you.

  I walked into a bank in Unadilla, Georgia one day, in the early 1950s, to borrow two hundred and fifty dollars. I had never been it the bank before, and didn't know anyone in it. Of course, no one in it knew me. But, I was determined to get the money, because it was for a cause I considered very important. The loan officer took me to a booth, and we began to talk. He wanted to know about my past, what I had done, was doing, would do with the money, and how was I going to repay it. I gave him truth and facts about who I was, what I'd done in school, and at work on the farm, my reason for the loan, and how I would repay it. From what I told him, he determined I was a good person, and deserved the loan. The whole thing took about forty minutes; from entering the bank to walking out with the money I asked for. Now remember; this was Unadilla, Georgia, in 1951, and I was a 150 pound nineteen year old tall skinny boy; and, Black to boot. But learning that I didn't drink, smoke, attended church regularly, never been in trouble with the law, worked the farm, and drove a school bus, plus other lawful things, this White man, felt I was worthy of the loan. Not only that; he smiled, and was very friendly the whole while, thanking me for considering his bank, when I left. You ask: What's the moral of this story?

    Well, I'll get to the point. This banker knew nothing about me when I walked in that bank, and there's no doubt in my mind, that when he first looked at me, all that he'd heard and learned; in school, at home and in the community; about Black people, ran through his mind. And, in that part of the country, during that time, very little good was said about Black people. It was what he learned of me that made him believe I was a person worthy of what I was seeking. (To be honest, until I started talking about myself to him I had never stop to think of myself as doing the good I was doing.)

     We, as Black people have done a lot of good for the entire world. We have used our ingenuity to bring the world from rocks and stones as tools and weapons to the modernity we enjoy today. And yet, if you walk into a class room, visit a library, spoke generally to the public, or pose the question to a worldwide audience, very, very few would know of the achievements of Black people. We are thought of, and treated the way we are portrayed by White male Americans; the ones who have taken credit for all of our accomplishments. The only accomplishments they, White male Americans, are willing to credit us with, are the ones they had to put their stamp of approval on...like laws, they passed and signed into law. In reality, what that is saying is: I, White male Americans, are giving you the opportunity to do this in the country I built. But, it's I, not you.  You are seen by other, as you are portrayed.

  No one will ever know us until they learn of us. And the only way to do that is make sure it's taught from the earliest years of schooling to the highest...preschool to the most advance degrees. Look at your people, from early Africa to the present. You may be surprise what you'll find. Like I was about the good I was doing.

  

     

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